Many people dream of owning a Porsche or Ferrari, and I did too as a kid. But for many years now, it has been the G-Class that I consider my absolute dream car. It doesn’t have to be a Mercedes-AMG G 63 (AMG); I will also settle for a G 500.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch AMG G 63
However, after opening the email, I went silent for a while. I can’t remember for how long, but I needed time to recover from this confrontation. I love the G-Class car and the Big Pilot’s Replica Watch from IWC, so where exactly did it go wrong in my head?
Two counters in a B-Uhr
I quickly identified that the dial layout of the new IWC Big Pilot’s Replica Watch AMG G 63 doesn’t work for me. The classic Big Pilot’s watch (today’s ref. IW501001) looks right, though you could debate the date window. The large central seconds hand is essential to any Beobachtungsuhr, but IWC decided to put that into a small sub-dial at 9 o’clock.
Aside from the small seconds hand at 9 o’clock, the white rings around the sub-dials are out of place. According to the press release, however, these white rings should remind you of the headlights of a G-Class car. Okay.But that’s not my only beef with the design. It also concerns the gold case and black dial.
Black and gold is a color combination that I don’t mind, and AAA IWC Replica Watches says it’s inspired by the recently introduced Mercedes-AMG G 63 “Grand Edition”. I think IWC should have used more black on this watch and less gold to make it a proper G 63 “Grand Edition” commemorative piece.
IWC’s gold for the case and crown is called Armor Gold. This 5N alloy ensures better protection against wear and tear since it is harder than regular 18K gold. The alloy’s ingredients remain a secret, but IWC indicates that this gold has an improved microstructure to achieve greater hardness.
The black version with a Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) case
Perhaps a black case would be better, like the one for ref. IW506201. Essentially, this is the same watch as the gold Big Pilot’s Replica Watches Swiss Movement AMG G 63 but in a black Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) case with slightly larger and thicker dimensions. If IWC had put in a full-gold dial with black sub-dials in a black case, that would have been more in the spirit of the car.
Anyway, the black dials of the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch AMG G 63 references have a special motif. At first, I thought it was based on the motif of the typical AMG leather interior, but IWC indicates that it is inspired by the air intake you can find in the bumper of the G 63. The sub-dials have a snailed finish, and, unlike the standard version of the Big Pilot’s Watch, Luxury IWC Replica decided to apply the numerals and hour markers instead of printing them. The watch is more luxurious in its details, just like AMG models are.
Inside the IWC Big Pilot’s Copy Watch AMG G 63 is the self-winding caliber 52010. As the sub-dial at 3 o’clock indicates, it offers a seven-day power reserve. The movement is beautifully decorated and visible through the sapphire crystal in the case back.